Trump to sign orders on oil drilling, national monuments

LePage says he'll testify against Katahdin-area monument as Trump plans review

"Eliminating or shrinking the 55 national monuments designated during the last 21 years would short-circuit the will of local residents, hunters, anglers, business owners and recreationists who campaigned, in some cases for decades, for these monument designations", the National Wildlife Federation said in a statement.

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said Tuesday evening that President Trump has authorized him to review any national monument created since January 1, 1996, that spans at least 100,000 acres "to make sure the people have a voice" in which lands receive the highest level of federal protection.

President Trump is poised to threaten more than 1 billion acres of national monument protection in a devastating and unprecedented attack on America's public lands and oceans.

LePage believes Obama violated the Antiquities Act when he approved the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument.

From the Grand Canyon to Jewel Cave in South Dakota, many National Park Service lands were first protected using the Antiquities Act under President Theodore Roosevelt. The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes the president to declare federal lands of historic or scientific value to be "national monuments" and restrict how the lands can be used.

Republicans in ME, including Gov. Paul LePage, have asked Trump to stop national monument status for Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, an expansive piece of land that includes much of the Penobscot River watershed. President Clinton declared the site a national monument in 2000.

All of those monuments could be targeted under the review Trump is ordering.

Conservation groups have condemned the impending executive order as an attack on USA public lands.

Zinke acknowledged it remains unclear whether the administration has the legal authority to rescind monuments.

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The next wave of panicked press stories about President Trump "undoing Barack Obama's legacy" are emerging this week and it centers on Trump's plans to review the country's collection of national monuments. "I'm not scared of getting sued", he said.

That's because no president has even tried to revoke a national monument since 1938, when President Franklin Roosevelt wanted to reverse Calvin Coolidge's designation of the Castle Pinckney National Monument in SC.

Congressional republicans and anti-public lands advocates loudly proclaim that monuments are created unilaterally, without local input.

"The federal government can be a good neighbor to states in the West", he said.

As long as I'm a United States Senator, I will not stop fighting to make sure that Utahns have a voice in the management of public lands. "I can't be more clear", he said when Sen.

In President Trump, we have a leader who is committed to defending the Western way of life.

"Our people were forcibly removed from the Bears Ears area in the mid-1800s but we have always continued to return to this cultural landscape for ceremonies, hunting, gathering of herbs and medicines, and other purposes", the commissioners wrote in March.

Cantwell said Tuesday that Trump's decision to de-list would be "illegal" and faulted Zinke and others for doing the "bidding" for coal and natural resource companies.

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